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Giraldo Shrugs Off Wardrobe Malfunction To Beat Hewitt

Madrid, Spain

Players often demand devotion from their entourages. Some will go as far to ask for the shirt of a team member’s back… literally!

On Monday at the Mutua Madrid Open, Santiago Giraldo motioned his cousin to take off a match shirt when he discovered a wardrobe malfunction after his first-round match with Lleyton Hewitt went to a third set. Having already sweated through three shirts earlier in the match, Giraldo reached deep into his bag to retrieve his last clean shirt.

Problem was that he mistakenly put in a long-sleeve shirt before the match. The fourth short-sleeve shirt was actually on the back of his cousin, who was sitting in the courtside player’s box. So Giraldo, who reached the Barcelona final eight days ago, headed across to the box and traded shirts with his cousin.

“My cousin is spending six weeks with us this summer and he had my other shirt,” Giraldo said. “I counted four shirts in my bag before the match, but when I went to take the last shirt I realised it was my long-sleeve and that my cousin had the short-sleeve. That’s why I had to change with him. It’s a funny thing. Now that I’ve won maybe I will do it again. I may start a trend.”

Giraldo won the match 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and next plays 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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